Category: External News

Lambs Alive bootcampers get back to work tonight

LAMBS ALIVE bootcampers tonight move into the next stage of their journey into assessing the risks and opportunities of the current farm, sheep and lamb market environment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Source: Sheep Central Lambs Alive bootcampers get back to work tonight

Local sheep meat research-focussed projects sought by MLA

SHEEP meat and beef producer groups are being invited by Meat & Livestock Australia to submit funding applications for local projects to validate the on-farm benefits of research and development findings. Source: Sheep Central Local sheep meat research-focussed projects sought by MLA

Australian wool prices crash in biggest fall since August last year

AUSTRALIAN wool prices this week suffered their biggest weekly fall since August last year as disruptions to global supply and consumer supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic rock the industry. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices crash in biggest fall since August last year

Beef Central’s beef quiz – March 2020

Been staying up to date? Test your knowledge with Beef Central’s March 2020 beef and cattle industry quiz Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – March 2020

March monthly exports slightly higher for China, but sharply down to the US

There was a modest recovery in beef exports to China in March, while shipments to the US declined sharply, monthly export figures released by the Department of Agriculture this morning showed. Source: Beef Central March monthly exports slightly higher for China, but sharply down to the US

Buyers suggest wool sale boycott as auctions continue

AUSTRALIAN wool exporters, some brokers and processors are proposing the postponing of auction sales as the market is hit by a lack of competition caused by COVID-19 impacting global supply chains. Source: Sheep Central Buyers suggest wool sale boycott as auctions continue

How sheep and bacteria are helping the fight against COVID-19

SHEEP are being enlisted in the battle against the coronavirus COVID-19 and University of Dundee and medical research council unit manager, Dr Paul Davies, outlines how in this article from The Conversation. Source: Sheep Central How sheep and bacteria are helping the fight against COVID-19

Dubbo sale 2 Apr 2020: Trade cattle firm to 6c cheaper

The good runs of trade cattle were firm to 6c cheaper with the prime steer yearlings selling from 365c to 398c, while the prime heifer yearlings sold from 360c to 405c/kg. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 2 Apr 2020: Trade cattle firm to 6c cheaper

Feedgrain Focus: New crop values for wheat and barley ease

New-crop values for wheat and barley have eased this week on rain which is improving prospects by the day for a big winter-cereal planting in eastern Australia, while price movements in nearby markets have been mixed. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: New crop values for wheat and barley ease

Agfarm to close as search for new owner abandoned

Agfarm looks set to close its doors in coming months as its owners Nutrien Ag Solutions and CHS Inc call time on a sale campaign for the business. Source: Grain Central Agfarm to close as search for new owner abandoned

Never say never: Nuffield learnings about lotfeeding in the tropics

North Queensland cattleman Stewart Borg is using lessons learned from his 2018 Nuffield Scholarship to explore the development of his own commercial feedlot, in a region where unique challenges have limited feedlot development up to now. Source: Beef Central Never say never: Nuffield learnings about lotfeeding in the tropics

Outback roadhouse starts flying beer and pizza to cattle stations in lockdown

A Top End roadhouse has started an aerial takeaway service to help lift community spirits during the coronavirus lockdown. So far, the owner says, the service has received “quite a good response”. Source: ABC Livestock Outback roadhouse starts flying beer and pizza to cattle stations in lockdown

2020 will be a difficult year, but Australian farmers likely to ‘weather COVID-19 storm’

Despite significant challenges from the global economic downturn and downward pressure on commodity prices, Australia’s agricultural sector is in a good position to weather the COVID-19 storm, Rabobank says in its April Agribusiness Monthly. Source: Beef Central 2020 will be a difficult year, but Australian farmers likely to ‘weather COVID-19 storm’

RLX reiterates sales will continue following reports of misinformation

Regional Livestock Exchange has reiterated sales at its network of sites across Eastern Australia are scheduled to continue following concerning reports that misinformation about the function of saleyards during the COVID-19 pandemic is being circulated to industry, media and the general public. Source: Beef Central RLX reiterates sales will continue following reports of misinformation

Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – March 2020

With all that is going on in the world it seems the entire focus is on the issue at hand, and all other aspects of awareness have not moved down the list, but have faded away completely. Source: Beef Central Chris Howie’s livestock market wrap – March 2020

Dalby sale 1 Apr 2020: Prices lift with quality

A lift in the quality of the young light weight yearling steers and heifers resulted in some price improvements. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 1 Apr 2020: Prices lift with quality

Fall armyworm detected in NT and WA

The invasive pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been found in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, following its first detection in Australia on Queensland’s Cape York in January 2020. Source: Beef Central Fall armyworm detected in NT and WA

‘Tequila’ plant could be potential source of biofuel

The agave plant used to make tequila could be established in semi-arid Australia as a biofuel solution to Australia’s transport fuel shortage. Source: Grain Central ‘Tequila’ plant could be potential source of biofuel

Weekly genetics review: Is the industry making progress in net feed efficiency

Improving feed efficiency within the beef industry has long been a topic of great interest to breeders as well as those involved in finishing cattle on either grass or grain. This week’s review starts a series of reports looking into NFI from a range of perspectives – breeders, lotfeeders and researchers included.   Source:… Read more »

World record for semen set during Mayura Wagyu sale

Prominent South Australian Wagyu breeder, Mayura Station’s inaugural high performance production sale on Thursday created a world record for a beef semen package, and saw bulls average $46,444. Source: Beef Central World record for semen set during Mayura Wagyu sale

Outback cattle stations implement strict measures to prevent coronavirus

Australia’s largest cattle company imposes strict measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus on its 26 stations, farms and feedlots in Queensland and the Northern Territory, warning workers their remote location does not make them safe. Source: ABC Livestock Outback cattle stations implement strict measures to prevent coronavirus

COVID-19 forces livestock industry to adapt to online auctions

As COVID-19 spreads to regional areas in Australia, the livestock industry is adapting to increasingly tougher restrictions on the number of people who can gather in saleyards. Source: ABC Livestock COVID-19 forces livestock industry to adapt to online auctions

Landmark East Gippsland Facebook post prompts apologies

A FACEBOOK post by a Gippsland Nutrien Ag Solutions franchise referring to Elders staff has been removed after attracting wide criticism on the social media platform. Source: Sheep Central Landmark East Gippsland Facebook post prompts apologies

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 Apr 2020

SHOWERS and thunderstorms developed over eastern New South Wales, generating moderate falls, while onshore flow produced showers and moderate falls in the northern tropics. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 Apr 2020

Green shoots showing, as China beef demand starts to re-emerge

Some early, if tentative green shoots are emerging in Australia’s export beef trade to China, as the Asian giant begins its long recovery from the ravages of coronavirus. Source: Beef Central Green shoots showing, as China beef demand starts to re-emerge

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 Apr 2020

Showers and thunderstorms developed over eastern New South Wales, generating moderate falls, while onshore flow produced showers and moderate falls in the northern tropics. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 1 Apr 2020

Contrasting approaches: Aus deems food supply essential, NZ closes butchers

Australian meat industry leaders have praised the Federal Government for “stepping up to the plate” and ensuring the essential nature of the agricultural supply chain in feeding the nation is recognised. Source: Beef Central Contrasting approaches: Aus deems food supply essential, NZ closes butchers

Revised electronic National Vendor Declaration system released

A new, mobile-friendly version of the electronic National Vendor Declaration system is now available, providing what Meat & Livestock Australia says is an efficient and convenient platform to complete livestock consignments. Source: Beef Central Revised electronic National Vendor Declaration system released

AuctionsPlus Wool sells 477 bales as auction prices steady

AUCTIONSPLUS WOOL sold almost 500 bales of wool last week as prices stabilised in the auction market, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus Wool sells 477 bales as auction prices steady

Rice under pressure as drought slashes production, COVID-19 increases demand

The Australian rice industry is struggling to meet domestic demand, hit with the double whammy of a drought-hit shortfall in production and a surge in consumer demand sparked by the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Grain Central Rice under pressure as drought slashes production, COVID-19 increases demand

$110m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

THE Federal Government has launched a $110 million package designed to get air freight exports of red meat, seafood and other perishable food commodities moving again. Beef Central first wrote… Source: Sheep Central 0m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

New eNVD system for Australian livestock producers

A NEW, mobile-friendly version of the electronic National Vendor Declaration or eNVD system is now available for Australia livestock producers. Source: Sheep Central New eNVD system for Australian livestock producers

Options emerge for online property auctions

What options are out there for prospective rural property vendors looking at moving to online auction, in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings of people? A recent investigation showed there are five or six platforms already in the market, each offering somewhat different services. Source: Beef Central Options emerge for online property auctions

Weekly property review: Solutions to marketing property in the COVID-19 era

The real estate industry is rapidly embracing online auctions, given Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement last week that traditional public auction gatherings and ‘open houses’ will cease under COVID-19 control measures. The rural property market is no different, with a number of online auctions now scheduled for the months ahead. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Weekly kill: Rates decline continues, as beef demand uncertainty mounts

Eastern states cattle slaughter leapt a remarkable 17pc last week, despite continuing downwards pressure on finished cattle prices. There’s been some further downwards adjustments in slaughter cattle direct consignment rates, but mostly to align offers with other competitors in a deteriorating market, rather than pushing still lower. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Rates decline… Read more »

Feeder cattle prices drop 10pc in a matter of weeks

There’s been a dramatic retraction in feeder cattle prices over the past two or three weeks, with many export and domestic feeder categories falling 10 percent on values seen earlier in March. Source: Beef Central Feeder cattle prices drop 10pc in a matter of weeks

New rules include Middle East summer sheep shipment ban

LIVE sheep shipments from Australia to the Middle East will be banned for 3.5 months during the the northern summer months of June to mid-September under tougher new guidelines released by the Federal Government today. Source: Sheep Central New rules include Middle East summer sheep shipment ban

COVID-19: GTA calls for communication, consultation

Grain Trade Australia has held the first of three webinars for its members to help them navigate through a raft of financial and employment issues tied to COVID-19. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: GTA calls for communication, consultation

Wagga sale 30 Mar 2020: Prices back 10-15c

After defying the drying conditions across the supply area and the COVID-19 outbreak, cattle prices cheapened as industry absorbs the global climate. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 30 Mar 2020: Prices back 10-15c

Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

The Department of Agriculture has been urged to urgently expand the number of biosecurity detector dogs being used at incoming passenger and mail centres. Source: Beef Central Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

African Swine Fever confirmed in PNG

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected for the first time in Papua New Guinea, bringing the disease to within a few hundred kilometres of Australia’s coastline. Source: Beef Central African Swine Fever confirmed in PNG

Does genetic progress have to slow during herd rebuilding phase?

With the current lack of stock across the country, many herd managers will not have the luxury of culling that they normally would. This raises the question of how genetic progress is affected by, and should be managed in, different seasonal conditions. Source: Beef Central Does genetic progress have to slow during herd rebuilding… Read more »

Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

VICTORIAN farms and agribusinesses continuing to keep Victorian supermarkets stocked and food on the nation’s tables during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with have the help of Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

New online sheep auction platform waives fees during COVID-19

NEW online sheep seller FarmGate Auctions is waiving listing fees for its livestock customers following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Sheep Central New online sheep auction platform waives fees during COVID-19

Merino ewe lamb prices lift $6 in big AuctionsPlus offering

MERINO ewe lamb prices average $20 higher on AuctionsPlus last week, as the national online sheep offering stayed historically high. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewe lamb prices lift in big AuctionsPlus offering

Top young Australian wool brokers sought for 2020 award

THE annual search for Australia’s top young wool brokers is on again, with nominations being sought for the sector’s top award. Source: Sheep Central Top young Australian wool brokers sought for 2020 award

Isolate elderly and chronically ill during COVID-19 + VIDEO

RURAL communities and farmers have been urged by epidemiologist and public health specialist Professor Tony Blakely to isolate and look after their elderly and chronically ill during the coronavirus COVID-19… Source: Sheep Central Isolate elderly and chronically ill during COVID-19 + VIDEO

Anger and relief as AWEX keeps non-mulesed definition on NWD

A DECISION to maintain the current interpretation of non-mulesed wool on Australia’s National Wool Declaration has been welcomed by the nation’s peak grower body, but condemned by some breeders and animal welfare interests. Source: Sheep Central Anger and relief as AWEX keeps non-mulesed definition on NWD

COVID-19 impacts key focus, as analysts’ digest JBS financial results

COVID-19 trade and operational impacts dominated questions from financial analysts and investors taking part in JBS’s annual global conference call on Friday, following the release of record financial results for the company’s 2019 trading year. Source: Beef Central COVID-19 impacts key focus, as analysts’ digest JBS financial results

MLA working to realign Olympics beef marketing partnership

Meat & Livestock Australia says a small number of activities related to Australian Beef’s marketing partnership with the 2020 Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams have already commenced, but work is now underway to align the marketing program with the new, yet-to-be-determined Tokyo Games schedule. Source: Beef Central MLA working to realign Olympics beef marketing… Read more »

Vale Robert ‘Bobby’ Gregory

When Bobby Gregory was recognised as a “Show Legend” by the NSW Royal Agricultural Society at the age of 81 in 2016, he had attended every single Royal Easter Show since he was three years old. Source: Beef Central Vale Robert ‘Bobby’ Gregory

‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

Mungindi farmer Sam Heagney’s video message to Australian people: don’t sweat food security, Aussie farmers have got you covered. Source: Beef Central ‘Calm the farm, we’ve got this, have a great day’

FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

The Federal Government last night announced deeper levels of scrutiny of foreign investments in Australia, in the wake of any economic impact brought on by COVID-19. It stressed, however, that the move was not a ‘foreign investment freeze.’ Source: Beef Central FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd body

GRDC has today announced the formation of Grains Australia Ltd to deliver industry-good services and functions including variety classification. Source: Grain Central GRDC announces formation of Grains Australia Ltd body

Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

SunRice has commenced discussions with the Commonwealth Government for an allocation of water to rice growers ahead of the 2020 planting to ensure the continued supply of rice for domestic consumption. Source: Grain Central Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

Australian chilled beef exports notch up 50-year milestone

Exactly 50 years ago today, the Australian beef industry embarked on an export project that would change the face of the industry forever. The nation’s first commercial shipment of chilled beef was consigned on 29 March, 1970 to customers in Japan, in what was arguably the biggest single step the beef industry has taken in… Read more »

Yoda the green sea turtle returns to the wild — 30kg heavier

A 117-kilogram green sea turtle named Yoda is returned to the sea, five months after she was found covered in barnacles, underweight, sunburnt and dehydrated. Source: ABC Livestock Yoda the green sea turtle returns to the wild — 30kg heavier

Young cattle trends mixed in another monster AuctionsPlus offering, but connectivity bugbears arise

Some young cattle categories lifted a little in price, while others eased in AuctionsPlus trading this week, in another enormous catalogue of 28,852 head. Friday’s sales encountered technical problems brought on by COVID-19 issues, however. Source: Beef Central Young cattle trends mixed in another monster AuctionsPlus offering, but connectivity bugbears arise

Queensland family cattle company buys NT station for $23m

Bunderra Cattle Co, owned by the Pickersgill family from near Rockhampton, buys the NT’s Murranji Station and 12,500 cattle for $23 million. Source: ABC Livestock Queensland family cattle company buys NT station for m

The consequences of climate change are far reaching

As humanity branches out across our warming, interconnected world, we’re at risk of encountering new diseases — thankfully, medicine is getting better at fighting back. Source: ABC Livestock The consequences of climate change are far reaching

Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Rice was the first staple food to be restricted in supermarkets when Coronavirus hit and panic buying erupted, and restocking shelves has been near impossible with rice production critically low. Source: ABC Grain Supermarket shelves depleted of rice as low production stymies re-stocking

Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue: Littleproud

David Littleproud confirmed today that livestock saleyards and wool auctions are able to continue, as livestock peak councils back industry-wide steps to keep saleyards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Agriculture saleyards and auctions can continue: Littleproud

AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

The AuctionsPlus online livestock marketing platform has recorded exponential growth in turnover during the past few months, and the latest COVID-19 constraints around gatherings of people, leading to saleyard closures and strict yards operating conditions, have only intensified that trend. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus online selling option surges into focus under COVID-19 challenges

Recruitment: Quads, tractors again lead farm accident list

Latest annual statistics for non-intentional farm related incidents in Australia reinforce why a serious culture shift in work health & safety is needed if the agriculture sector is to shake its hazardous reputation. Figures revealed 58 on-farm deaths were reported in 2019, down from 68 cases in 2018, with quad bikes and tractors again the… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Australia’s grain supply chain is operating efficiently amid COVID-19 measures in place across the country, and wheat, barley and new-crop sorghum are in hot demand. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices firm on export, domestic demand

Shearer sale reaps capital boost for Wellard

Livestock shipping company Wellard Limited has received a timley working capital boost following confirmation today that its sale of M/V Ocean Shearer to the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company (KLTT) has been completed. Source: Beef Central Shearer sale reaps capital boost for Wellard

COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Border closures in Queensland and South Australia to limit the spread of COVID-19 are not impeding the flow of interstate grain, but heightened cleaning requirements are making it tough for truckies on the road. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: Tricky for truckies but working for road, rail, sea

Wool forward trading increases as auction market stabilises

WOOL’S forward trading market has recorded its highest weekly volume for the year, with growers opting for some certainty in these uncertain times. Source: Sheep Central Wool forward trading increases as auction market stabilises

Fine Merino wool prices steady as Chinese mills return

AUSTRALIAN Merino wool prices generally regained ground this week in the face of a less favourable exchange rate as competition between major exporters and Chinese buyers improved. Source: Sheep Central Fine Merino wool prices steady as Chinese mills return

COVID-19: WA acts to support farm labour, freight movements

WA has taken steps today to underpin agricultural production and head off farm labour shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including exempting workers and freight from cross-border restrictions. Source: Grain Central COVID-19: WA acts to support farm labour, freight movements

Australian sheep shearing continues, but fearing a lockdown

SHEEP shearing is continuing around Australia, but with sheds implementing social distancing strategies consistent with government and industry advice as the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis continues. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep shearing continues, but fearing a lockdown

Recruitment: Quads, tractors again lead farm accident list

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Chief Executive Officer, Palgrove – via Rimfire Resources Feedlot Supervisor, Joanna Plains – Central Agri Group Farm Maintenance Leading Hand, Joanna Plains –… Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Quads, tractors again lead farm accident list

NLRS cattle market indicators in limbo, due to COVID-19 impact

Meat & Livestock Australia’s livestock market indicators have been temporarily suspended, under a raft of measures put in place through the National Livestock Reporting Service under COVID-19 constraints. Source: Beef Central NLRS cattle market indicators in limbo, due to COVID-19 impact

JBS logs record pre-tax profit for 2019 year

The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has logged an adjusted pre-tax profit of R$19.9 billion (equivalent to about A$6.76b) in full-year financial results announced this morning, Australian time. Source: Beef Central JBS logs record pre-tax profit for 2019 year

Can bottle shops remain open amid moves to limit the spread of COVID-19?

The liquor industry, which generates $42 billion for the economy, wants to keep bottle shops open despite the risk posed by coronavirus, saying closures will result in massive job losses. Source: ABC Grain Can bottle shops remain open amid moves to limit the spread of COVID-19?

Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

April to June are likely to be wetter than average across WA, western and southern NT, most of SA, western and central Victoria, and northwest Tasmania, according to BOM’s latest three monthly rainfall outlook. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

April to June are likely to be wetter than average across WA, western and southern NT, most of SA, western and central Victoria, and northwest Tasmania, according to BOM’s latest three monthly rainfall outlook. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Apr-June 2020

Sheep Producers Australia backs COVID-19 response initiatives

SHEEP Producers Australia is supporting sheep and red meat industry initiatives on agriculture-related transport, live export and wool supply during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia backs COVID-19 response initiatives

MLP Project data makes it to MERINOSELECT database

WOOL producers will soon have access to more rams with improved Australian Sheep Breeding Value accuracy with the long-awaited inclusion of Merino Lifetime Productivity project into the national genetic benchmarking service MERINOSELECT. Source: Sheep Central MLP Project data makes it to MERINOSELECT database

COVID-19 restrictions impact farm workforce

Travel bans and state border closures introduced to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus have thrown a question mark over labour force availability during sowing and harvest. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 restrictions impact farm workforce

Supply test for live export prices

After returning to previous highs not seen for three years, northern live cattle prices are set to come under pressure in coming weeks, as the first of the annual dry season mustering rounds pushes fresh supplies of export cattle back onto the market. Source: Beef Central Supply test for live export prices

Nufarm posts $122 million half year loss

Nufarm has announced a loss for the first half of 2020 of $122 million (1H19: $14m), with revenue down six per cent to $1,477 million. Source: Grain Central Nufarm posts 2 million half year loss

Why farmers are looking to goats to turn a profit in tough times

Twenty years ago, Neil Cadzow can remember getting 50 cents a kilogram for a goat carcass. Now he gets more than $1 a kilogram for an animal once considered a pest. Source: ABC Livestock Why farmers are looking to goats to turn a profit in tough times

Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact

Cattle hides are the latest beef industry commodity to buckle under the impact of COVID-19, with reports this week that international buyers have more or less withdrawn from making offers on Australian hides. Source: Beef Central Hides offers dissolve, in face of COVID-19 global impact